Coordinator of Nursing Services

Debra McGovern, DNP, PNP-BC, RN
140 Apricot Street, Room 131
Worcester, MA 01603
Phone: 508-799-8554
Fax: 508-799-1527

The Worcester Public Schools Department of Nursing works to support the planning and implementation of all health services within the school system. We collaborate with other disciplines, programs, and agencies to integrate and improve all health services provided to students and staff. As healthcare providers, we work with physicians, parents/guardians, administration, teachers and support personnel to provide a healthy safe environment for students and staff. The nursing staff of the WPS’s, believe that all students possess the ability to learn and to reach their optimal potential. In order to advance the health, well being, academic success and lifelong achievement of all WPS students, we as WPS Nurses, must foster a link between parents, school and community

School Nurses

Worcester Public School Nurses are registered nurses who have the professional education and expertise to function in the complex systems of education and health.


When to Keep Your Child Home From School

Because our students are in close contact with one another during the school day, diseases spread easily though the school. We try to prevent this as much as possible through education and encouragement of frequent hand washing.

We ask that you keep your child home for the following reasons:

  • A temperature of 100.4 degrees or greater. Temperature should be normal for 24 hours without the aid of Tylenol or Motrin.
  • A diagnosis of strep throat. Your child should remain at home until he/she has been on an antibiotic for a full 24 hours.
  • If your child has vomited during the previous night or in the morning.
  • If your child has persistent diarrhea during the night or in the morning.
  • If your child has a moist productive cough, chest congestion or thick nasal drainage.
  • If your child has red swollen eyes that itch and are draining.
  • If your child has live head lice.
  • Please contact the school nurse if your child has chicken pox, measles, ringworm, impetigo or scabies.